Former referee believes Chelsea star won’t be punished following Arsenal clash

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes that Chelsea star Diego Costa will be heavily monitored in the future following his displays against Arsenal during the weekend, but won’t be charged by the Football Association, Goal reports.

The Blues are patiently waiting to see whether the FA will punish Costa for using his hands to claw on Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny’s face, despite the Spain international not committing a single foul during the clash.

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And Halsey believes that Mike Dean, who refereed the game, had a decent 90 minutes, dismissing two soft penalty claims from the Blues while also correctly sending off Santi Cazorla for a late challenge on Cesc Fabregas.

But it seems that Costa will escape without retrospective punishment for his off-the-ball incidents, however the Gunners can be happy with news that Gabriel may have his ban reduced from three games down to two.

As a result from the clash, referees are set to keep a much closer eye on Costa, who will have to behave or increase his chances of receiving his first red card in the English top flight.